Getting the most amazing and trendy haircut and color won’t count for much if your hair is dead, damaged and unhealthy. One of the best things you can do to improve the appearance of your hair is to invest some time and products into improving its health. Spring time is an ideal time to pamper your hair, between the cold of the winter and the potential for salt and chlorine damage during the summer swimming months. Here are some simple suggestions for helping boost the health of your hair this spring.
Prepare for the Weather
Humidity starts to climb in the spring. It may feel like a respite after the dry winter months, but it can do a number on your hair. Invest in an anti-humidity spray to protect your hair and keep the humidity from messing up your style. Just spray a little bit on after your hair is styled and ready. Avoid applying too much, which can leave a residue and weigh down your hair.
Be Careful with Your Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos can be a lifesaver if you don’t have time to wash your hair. These powders can absorb grease and give your hair more volume. However, they can also cause damage to your hair and scalp. Your best option is to apply it generously at the roots, work it through any dirty areas, and then use your blow dryer on a high but cool setting to get as much of the powder out of your hair as possible.
Turn Down the Heat
While you may need to blow dry your hair for certain styles or to get that dry shampoo out, you should try to let your hair air dry as frequently as possible. Yes, it means you’ll have to get up a little earlier, but pass on the blow dryer if at all possible. Heat drying your hair can cause all kinds of damage. Of course, for some people, it’s impossible to always air dry your hair. Remember to hold your blow dryer as far away from your hair as you can and use the cool setting to reduce the damage you’re doing.
Consider an Oil or Special Conditioner Treatment
In a frazzled hair emergency, many professionals recommend turning to the deep conditioners typically included in home hair dye kits. You don’t need to actually dye your hair to use the conditioners, which often include silicone. Silicone will coat your hair and protect it. It’s a great option if you have a sudden hair freak-out, such as accidentally dipping it in the tub during an epsom salt soak.
For regular conditioning or a special deep treatment, consider using healthy oils to help your hair. Coconut oil has been en vogue for some time, but it’s not the only oil that can do a lot of good for your gorgeous mane. Almond oil diluted in water and sprayed on hair can give it a lovely luster and softness. It also helps break down any old styling products if you can’t shower between hairdos.
If your hair is in need of a natural rescue, consider the increasingly popular marula oil or a serum or masque that includes this powerhouse oil. Marula oil is a derived from an African nut, and it can do wonders for the health, texture and appearance of your hair. As with any oil, apply sparingly. Remember, if you use too much, conditioner helps remove oils better than shampoo.
Talk to Your Hair Care Specialist About Hair Health
If you aren’t sure what the best options are for your specific situation, never fear. Take a few minutes to talk with your stylist the next time you come into Stan Parente for a cut, color, or style. Our stylists know hair health and types, and we can help you create a customized plan to improve the overall health and appearance of your hair.